This conference was held on 14 and 15 May 2019, at the University of Stirling.

It generated focussed discussion on the ontologies, epistemologies and ethics of undertaking heritage research drawing on big data.

Organised by Chiara Bonacchi (University of Stirling), Rodney Harrison (UCL Institute of Archaeology), Daniel Pett (Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge)


13 May

17.30 Registration and networking drinks open to all delegates, Enterprise Zones 1/2, Main library

19.00 Dinner reserved for speakers, Stirling Court Hotel

14 May

Lecture Theatre B3, Cottrell Building

8.30 Welcome coffee and registration

9.00 Welcome from Professor Leigh Sparks

9.15 Introduction: Chiara Bonacchi, Rodney Harrison, Daniel Pett

Chair: Dr Chiara Bonacchi, University of Stirling

9.30 Opening keynote by Professor Richard Rogers, University of Amsterdam

10.30 Coffee break

10.45 Session 1: Researching heritage through ‘big’ data (Chair: Prof Rodney Harrison, UCL)

Researching heritage on social media fields: complex designs and mixed methods approaches, Dr Chiara Bonacchi and Marta Krzyzanska, University of Stirling

Dollar$ and value in heritage: what people want on eBay, Dr Mark Altaweel, University College London

Women and data: data activism as research method and impact, Dr Terrie-Lynn Thompson, University of Stirling

12.15 Discussant time with Professor Rodney Harrison, UCL

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Session 2: Collecting ‘big’ heritage data (Chair: Dr Hana Morel, UCL)

The UK Web Archive: challenges, opportunities and issues in collecting the UK Web, Nicola Bingham and Helena Byrne, British Library

The National Library of Scotland’s goal to deliver 30 million collection items as data, Stuart Lewis and Dr Sarah Ames, National Library of Scotland

Dark archive: the case of born-digital records in the Carcanet Press collection, Dr Lise Jaillant, University of Loughborough

14.45 Coffee break

15.00 Session 3: Curating arts and heritage through ‘big’ data (Chair: Daniel Pett, Fitzwilliam Museum)

Bootstrapping data processes within the arts: creative Informatics, Professor Melissa Terras University of Edinburgh

The Arts API Project: insights from exploring data and networks in arts organisations, Dr Shaleph O’Neill, University of Dundee

16.30 Closing keynote by Professor Ben Marwick, University of Washington, Community Data Science meets Digital Heritage: Controversies about World Heritage Sites in the Online Community of Wikipedia

17.15 Final discussion moderated by Daniel Pett, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

17.30 Closing remarks by Dr Chiara Bonacchi, University of Stirling